The most excellent Stage Manager of Alumnae’s January show, A Woman of No Importance, Margot Devlin, e-mailed to report that there were no formal rehearsal notes from last night, because they were blocking. You know: at this line, move here; at that line, move there… However, she reported that:
Paul [director Paul Hardy] worked with shoes off last night. When he removed the shoes, I held my breath but no actors in his vicinity died, so I started breathing again.
Lady Stutfield [Lindsey Higgs], Lord Illingworth [Andrew Batten] and Mrs. Allonby [Paula Schultz] were blocked last night in Act 2. They were at the “bar”. I think they acted that they had a bit too much to drink as they all got a bad case of the giggles while Paul was blocking other actors.
Paul managed to get me some cookies from the cookie factory – I did not ask a lot of questions and no burglar alarms were ringing. The cookies were very good.
That is it for last night.
Margot, I love your notes!
In other news, costume designer Brandon Kleiman plans to bring on the shoulder pads and sequins, Dynasty-style! (Yes, this version of Woman will be set in the 1980’s)